Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Here's Your Holiday Survival Guide, Part 1


Christmas is coming up and with that means parties, potlucks, spiked eggnog, etc.

Basically, all of the things you would usually save for the weekend are going to be tempting you everyday until the end of the month.

That's a big challenge when you're trying to  maintain your pants size.

How about we take control this year and reverse that scenario?

Instead of falling off the wagon this season, let’s use the cookies, chocolate truffles, apple pie, mac n’ cheese and egg nog as a tool to lose a MASSIVE amount of body fat.

Here are 10 strategies for those periodic dietary deviances.

This is your Holiday Survival Guide, Part 1.

Strategy #1: Go Hard On Protein
So you're in line at a holiday party, holding your plate, scoping out the spread, contemplating what to eat. You see that turkey over there? Get some. And is that shrimp cocktail? Load up.

Boom. That's your first plate and you're full.

Protein is filling, by nature. And by filling up on lean protein, you’ll be avoiding other, potentially more destructive, food items at the buffet.

Now when you do decide to add some carbs, they'll be less of a threat since you're not as hungry.

Strategy #2: Don't Drink Your Calories
Beverages are the easiest source of excess calories. They don't increase your fullness, but they WILL increase your waistline.

So for your holiday shindigs, if a drink has calories, don't drink it.

Water, tea, and flavored water will do just fine. Just don't fall victim to consuming 500 calories off of drinks.

Strategy #3: Be Hospitable
Many times, the parties you attend will be in the potluck, buffet style, where each person is responsible for bringing a dish. This is a great opportunity for you to contribute a healthy dish to the spread!.

What you'll do next is fill your plate with YOUR healthy food.

You know what's in it and how it was prepared.

Even if the party isn’t potluck, bring something to contribute anyway.

Strategy #4: Arrive Full
Instead of showing up with your stomach growling and mouth salivating, take action to ensure you arrive in the exact opposite position.

Easy. Eat a BIG, healthy meal prior to arriving at the party.

A bowl of leafy greens, grilled chicken, and veggies prior to the party will make the temptation of those desserts less of a threat.

Strategy #5: Go Non-Alcoholic
There's nothing wrong with having a few brews or a glass of wine from time to time, so I'm not telling you to give up alcohol completely for the holidays.

However, for get-togethers, make sure the majority of your beverages are non-alcoholic.

Not only are most alcoholic beverages filled with unnecessary calories, but alcohol creates a hormonal environment in your body that's very conducive to fat storage.

So if you're regularly getting tipsy, then you better believe that your physique is going to take a hit for it.

Enjoy a (non-sugary) drink or two when appropriate, but stick with zero-calorie beverages otherwise.

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Let's do it.



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